Museum Wedding with Nature-Inspired Elements

by Bridestory [[ 1446516000000 | amDateFormat:'ll | HH:mm' ]] in REAL WEDDINGS 

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Ratna and Adam met in the stunning Melbourne, Australia, in 2007. Their love only needed two weeks to blossom and it stayed strong throughout the eight years of their relationship. It was in Bali that Adam proposed to Ratna while doing what she likes best, running. He got down on one knee in the middle of the track and proposed. Ratna said yes and the rest, as she said, was history.

The lovebirds decided to get married in Melbourne, as the city was very close to their hearts. "It is where we met and spent the early years of our relationship. Adam's parents and a lot of our friends are based in Melbourne as well, so it became the right choice," Ratna said. Aside from picking a very beautiful city, Ratna and Adam also chose a unique venue to get married in, the Melbourne Museum. Apparently, the two used to live in a building up the road from the museum, thus the place was practically their backyard. After venturing back to the museum, they fell in love all over again and decided then and there to have a museum wedding.

On the wedding day, Ratna glowed clad in a custom hand-embroidered lace and tulle gown crafted especially by Indonesian designer Sapto Djojokartiko. Completing her look, Ratna decided to wear custom Tulola pearl subeng earrings and a pearl sirkam also by Tulola, embracing her Indonesian roots. Adam turned into his most dapper self as well with a navy blue suit by Hugo Boss.

Their ceremony was done in the space called the Kalaya Room, part of the museum's Aboriginal Cultural Centre. "The room had a spiraling timber ramp, so I walked down the ramp instead of an aisle. It's a very intimate space, which was perfect as we read our own vows in front of family and friends who were not only sitting in front of us, but also standing all around the ramp," said the bride. After the ceremony, the guests were served drinks in the Dinosaur Walk. That's right, the guests privately enjoyed canapés and refreshments among dinosaur skeletons, which was of course a very different wedding experience. The dinner reception was done in the Treetops room, which featured a white marble bar that fit perfectly with the theme Ratna had in mind, but we'll get to that later. Last but not least, the Te Pasifika Gallery was their dance room. Its high ceiling, with three large canoes suspended overhead, created a truly unique dancing space.

For the theme, Ratna had a dear friend, Natalie from Paper Diamonds Bali, who helped her with all the conceptualizing and styling of her wedding. As Ratna was obsessed with everything marble, Natalie decided to combine natural alabaster patterns with deep red flowers and greens. For centerpieces, she put together glass vases of different shapes and sizes and mixed them with marble trays and crystals which seemed to us, fittingly, like a miniature museum. The same patterns were also incorporated in the wedding invitation and stationery, also designed by Paper Diamonds. Even the cake had marmoreal touches on it thanks to the talented hands of North St. Botanical.

It was wholly beautiful sight and all the elements came together like a dream. "We were extremely blessed with the professional vendors that we had and now they have special place in our hearts. Everything turned out to be exactly how we wanted it, we couldn't be happier about the wedding and wish we could do it all over again!" said the bride. Wait no more and see the beautiful album right below to get you swooning in no time.

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CREDIT TO VENDORS:

  • Hair & Makeup: Justin Henry
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  • Venue: Melbourne Museum
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  • Photography: Lover of Mine
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  • Videography: Purple Ribbon Weddings
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  • Decoration & Lighting:

    Paper Diamonds

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  • Flowers: North St Botanical
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  • Bridal:

    saptodjojokartiko bride

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  • Men's Formal Wear: Hugo Boss , V & J Men's Wear
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  • Wedding Planning: Peter Rowland
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  • Invitations:

    Paper Diamonds

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    The Distillery

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  • Entertainment (DJ): DJ Salacious
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  • Wedding Cake: Treats for Evie
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  • Favors & Gifts: Utama Spice
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  • Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin
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  • Wedding Accessories: Tulola
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  • Catering: Peter Rowland
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  • Dress & Attire: Paulina Katarina
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  • Entertainment (MC): Sasha Kumar

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